Scrapbooking for Less

Scrapbooking for Less

If you want to start your own scrapbook but do not have an open budget to buy some essential supplies, then this article is for you. You will learn how to find ways to get around your limited budget but still create beautiful scrapbooks you can be proud of.

There are 3 types of scrapbooking stores: (1) stores that sell branded scrapbook supplies at regular price, (2) stores that sell discounted scrapbook supplies; and (3) stores that sell both.

As long as you have the money to buy some supplies, then you can go into any of the 3. But if you need to do some careful shopping because of a limited budget, you should seek out the discount stores. You’ll be able to find everything you need and best of all at bargain prices.
But, don’t go anywhere just yet, you still have things to do.

The Plan

First, you need to plan what are the things you’ll need and set a priority- materials’ hierarchy of needs.
An album is the most essential item for a project. Next, you’ll need album refills, pens, papers, adhesive, and a pair of scissors that you’ll use for every project. Rubber stamps, acrylic paints, a puncher, stickers, card stock, and other minor items are also necessary, but you can get them at a later time.

Survey of Materials

Second. Take a survey of items you already have at home or tucked away in a desk drawer somewhere. For instance, if you have a good pair of scissors,  some colored papers from a previous artwork, or some colored pens, you eliminate the need to buy these items and use the funds to purchase something else that may not be as essential but that might be necessary at a later time for another project.

Make a List

Third, make a list. Now that you have identified the things you’ll need and the things you have, make a list of the things you need to buy. A good rule of thumb is to make two lists. One for the items you need for the current project and a second list of extra supplies to start building your arsenal of tools for the next project.

Shop Around

Forth. Check for competitive prices on the internet. This is the quickest way to do some research on the items you need. There are many sites that sell different scrapbooking supplies. And there are even more sites that offer discounted scrapbooking supplies.  The first site you visit may not be the best, so take some time to browse on several sites before deciding where to buy your supplies. There are hundreds of scrapbooking supplies sites, so go and shop around.

Final List

Fifth, create a final list. If you have already decided where to buy your supplies, then, it is time for you to make your final list. It may seem unimportant since you have seen the prices and already know what your budget will accommodate. But the fact is, making a final list would get you organized. Your final list will be your guide for your shopping. And oh! Make sure you write down the prices beside each item so that you know how much you are spending on that particular item.

If you still have some extra cash left, you may want to buy some inexpensive scrapbook supplies that will give that extra glow to your scrapbook. Some brands of rub-on, stamps, colored pens, and colored papers cost as low as $3.00 USD.

I also encourage you to improvise. Use materials you can find at home. Magazines, newspapers, and other papers, can be good alternatives for colored papers and paints. Try to improvise on materials you will use. After all, what is important is to create a unique scrapbook. Yes, expensive materials would really give some good effects on your scrapbook, but with a little creativity and imagination, any materials you have at home will transform your scrapbook into a work of art you can call your own.

Have a happy and wonderful scrapbook experience!

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